The inaugural issue of the Peoria Independent featured a banned books display Oct. 1, 1999, at the Peoria Main Library. Third graders from Northwest Community Christian School received a tour, which included a display for Banned Books Week. More than 480 books were challenged or banned
in libraries, schools and universities across the country in 2018, according to the American Library Association, which organizes the annual Banned Books Week to highlight the threat of censorship.
When the first issue of the Peoria Independent hit the streets Oct. 7, 1999, the Westbrook Village Posse, which serves the active adult community at Union Hills Drive and 91st Avenue, had been created only five weeks earlier, with 25 members who took turns patrolling the streets. The Sun City and Sun City West posses were already in existence with memberships in the hundreds. Today, Westbrook Village has 3,910 homes, two 18-hole golf courses, two recreation centers, numerous clubs, activity rooms, outdoor pools, spas, tennis and pickleball courts and other amenities.
The first issue of the Peoria Independent reported that former impeached Gov. Evan Mecham hosted a signing for his book “Wrongful Impeachment: A Shocking Tale of Political Corruption,” Oct. 14, 1999, at Barnes & Noble, 7685 W. Bell Road. Last week, U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump because of a call he made to the president of Ukraine in July, in which he admitted to asking him to investigate Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
The Peoria Independent ran a story in its first issue about the 8th season of the Arizona Fall League kicking off, Oct. 5, 1999. This year, the Independent ran a story about how the AFL Opening Day was scheduled earlier than normal, Sept. 18, to allow players from the minor leagues to move more seamlessly into the fall league. This is the earliest start date and will have the most night games in league history. More than half of the players on MLB opening day 25-man rosters this season were AFL alumni — 391 of the 750 total active players. Of course, this makes Peoria a prime place to watch future baseball stars.